The Miami Heat ended last season hot, falling to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals.
The off-season summer was cold.
A potential trade for Damian Lillard was up in the air. Notable departures included Gabe Vincent and Max Strus. Josh Richardson is back; however, there needed to be a splash in roster additions.
Jimmy Butler will tell everyone outside the Heat locker room never to underestimate his teammates. Butler knows how to find his way to the paint for high-percentage shots. His strength to find his way to the free throw line is arguably the best in the league.
Tyler Herro will score for the Heat; defensively, he can be a liability. The best he has been was in the bubble, the last finals run for the Heat. Injuries have occurred, but his play, making him a potential franchise player, has been up and down.
Bam Adebayo will carry the baton for “Heat Culture.” his defense will be impactful. But his post-up game and outside shooting development remains unseen.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra will have a starting lineup every game with a mix of veteran leadership and roster names looking to prove they belong.
Pat Riley was quoted as “The main thing is the main thing .” A repeat chance for the NBA crown is not likely with this roster, but their culture leads them to compete nightly. Heat, if healthy, should have 48 wins this season or over.